JM: What else would you want a friend or family member to know if they have a loved one going to this jail? Hugh: Hopefully your loved one doesn't owe child
support because if you put money on their books
they take 55% of it. You can go online and
order packages for your loved one so they aren't
taking the child support. It makes the stay
easier when they have commissary. Jennifer: Write them becuase when you get mail when your in
there its the best feeling. Mail is like christmas
whether its bad or good news its something. Plus you
know people care or are at least thinking of you
when you get there letters. Johnny: As an imate, one of the most touching, humanizing and life-
affirming aspects of life as an inmate at SLO County Jail was
visits from family members. I had several family members visit
me during my roughly 3 months at SLO County, and each time I
had a visitor was like a breaht of fresh air. If you have a friend or
family member who will be serving time at the SLO County Jail,
then I highly recommend thay you visit them as regularly as you
can. They may refuse to meet you and see you when you attempt
to visit, but this is just because they are likely in a bad mood. Jail
can put you in a bad mood easily and make you not want to see
any visitors. Visit often and show them how much you love them;
visiting will allow you to catch a glimpse of how awful jail is.
Second, sending a letter to an inmate is a good way to help the
inmate maintain their sanity.
JM: If somebody knows they will be serving time in this jail what is your advice to them? Hugh: Don't plea bargain at first, wait it out until
you get a good deal. Jennifer: Mind your own buissness, Be respectfull to other
inmates and guards. Try your best to get along and
pray excercise. do whats necessary for you to get
thorugh it. The first two weeks and the last 1
week are the hardest ones you should expirence.
When your new dont let the other people see you
cry cuase they will thin they can push you around.
As hard as it is be strong. Johnny: (a) It's not as violent in jail as you've been led to believe. (b) The
food is bad but not horrible. (c) The other inmates there with you
will be non-violent and non-aggressive towards you most of the
time. (d) It is relatively easy to get along with the staff at the jail.
JM: Please list any other jail or rehab facilities you have been to. Hugh: San Francisco Salvation Army Adult
Rehabilitation Center Jennifer: no other. Johnny: Atascadero State Hospital